First Line Friday #127

Posted September 25, 2020 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 7 Comments


Happy Friday!

This week the book I’m featuring is:

Things We Didn't Say

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Dear Mr. Donohue,

If I were an expert in criminal law, I’d be sick to death of outraged clients claiming to be falsely accused, and especially of weepy female clients wringing their hands and saying things like, “How could it have come to this?”

I just started reading an early copy of this one and I like it so far. There’s still a bit of a wait for it since it doesn’t officially release until November 3, 2020, but it IS available for pre-order 🙂

About the Book:

Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.

Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they’re not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.

As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred–and it’s no longer clear whom she can trust.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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7 responses to “First Line Friday #127

  1. Kay Garrett

    “Lilly, I have bad news.” Delia Greenwood said quietly, leaning in towards her friend Lilly Jayne so that others couldn’t overhear her.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Becky

    Interesting first line! Happy Friday! My first line is from “Without Proof” by Janet Sketchley:

    “The doorbell echoed from the main floor.”

  3. I love that first line!

    Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently reading A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason. It’s an excellent story! I’m just beginning chapter 21, so I’ll share from there.
    “I’m taking Sofia out for a while,” Darius said to his mother as they finished up the dishes.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤📚

  4. Ellie

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Farm Stand by Amy Clipston: “Salina Petersheim huffed as she pulled two wagons piled high with boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables across the parking lot at the Bird-in-Hand marketplace.” I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    Can’t wait to read Amy’s debut!

    My first line is from Chapter 6 of THE RED RIBBON by Pepper Basham:
    “What a horrible way to end a mighty fine kiss”

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